The book is a critique of the zero tolerance ideas that dominated the Howard Government’s drug policy agenda.
Researchers: James Rowe and Philip Mendes
Published in July 2004, this book was co-edited by James Rowe and Dr Philip Mendes from the Department of Social Work at Monash University.
The book looks at drug policy from a range of perspectives that seek to move beyond the ideological division between those who favour the extension of harm minimisation/harm reduction policies and those who advocate zero tolerance policies and define drug use as a criminal/moral issue.
In addition to the editors, contributors include Dr Alex Wodak, Harry Herbert of the Uniting Church, journalist Daniel Hoare and Dr John Fitzgerald.
Although the book is a critique of the zero tolerance ideas, it also offers an opportunity to explore alternatives perspectives that go beyond existing policy proposals.
Copies of the book can be ordered from Pearson Education.